2010 Congressional Apportionment
The first data released from the 2010 Census are the official national and state population count, which are used to apportion seats in the US House of Representatives. As mandated by the US Constitution, this data must be delivered to the President of the United States by the US Census Bureau on or before December 31, 2010.
When: Census Day is April 1, 2010.
Why: The U.S. Constitution requires a national census once every 10 years. The census will show state population counts and determine representation in the U.S. House of Representatives.
How: Census questionnaires will be delivered or mailed to households via U.S. mail in March 2010; many households will receive a replacement questionnaire in early April. Census workers also will visit households that do not return questionnaires.
Beginning the week of February 22, the U.S. Census Bureau will be hand-delivering census questionnaires to some residents. This will continue through late August with temporary field staff working in neighborhoods across the state.
All Census Bureau employees can be identified through identification cards issued by the Census Bureau as well as a bag. All Census takers will be carrying a bag that has a big census logo on it. The badges have a Commerce Department Census Bureau seal on it as well as the person’s name and an expiration date. Generally these badges will be worn around the neck.
If someone claiming to be a Census taker is asking for your personal information and is not wearing a badge, please contact your local police authorities.
Census forms should be reaching your mailboxes by mid-march and as the slogan goes “we can’t move forward until you mail it back.” The Census is made up of 10 questions, and takes approximately 10 minutes. The forms need to be mailed back between March 15, 2010 and April 15, 2010. “The 2010 Census: It’s in our Hands.”
If you have any questions, need help with your questionaire, or would like to recieve monthly updates from Dalton Township please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information can also be found at 2010census.gov.
- The Census determines the distribution of more than $300 billion annually of government funding for critical community services. It generates thousands of jobs across the country.
- Census data guide planning for new hospitals, roads, job training centers, schools, and more.
- Census data affect school budgets, including the distribution of Title I funding and college tuition grand and loan programs.
- Census data are used to determine the need for additional social services, block grants, and other grant programs.
- October 2009-May 2010: Recruiting Operations - hiring of 37,000 workers during the peak period of field activities during Nonresponse Operations
- October 2009-May 2010: Advertising Campaign - deliver the national and local message to the American Public encouraging their completion of the census questionnaire received in the mail, or their cooperation with a Census Enumerator who might visit their household to collect the information in person.
- March 2010: Mail Out the 130 Million Questionnaires to The American Public - delivery of the questionnaires by the United States Postal Service.
- THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2010: Census Day
- Late April-early July 2010: Nonresponse Follow-Up - enumerators visit the households who did not return the forms in the mail in order to collect the information by personal visit
- December 31, 2010: Announce the Total Population for the United States and for the 50 States - deliver the completed counts for the nation and the states to the President
- April 1, 2011: Deliver the Population Counts for Each of the States - population counts are given to the Governor of each state.
- Information collected by the U.S. Census Bureau is used only for statistical purposes; it's the law: Title 13, U.S. Code.
- Census Bureau employees swear under oath that they will not disclose any information gathered.
- Disclosing confidential census information is a felony. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is up to 5 years imprisonment and/or a fine. The Sentencing Reform Act states the fine for wrongful disclosure is currently up to $250,000.